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Arborists Offer Tips to Keep Lawns Deer-Free

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DELMARVA - The Tree Care Industry Association is offering tips for homeowners to keep their lawns deer-free this winter.

According to arborists, deer populations in neighborhoods have grown rapidly due to abandoned farms, hunting restrictions and suburban sprawl. Deer especially like to dine on expensive suburban landscapes, including areas with heavy snowfall.

"Deer are selective feeders that eat leaves from flowers, shrubs and ornamental trees," says Tchukki Andersen, a staff arborist with the Tree Care Industry Association. "Damage to larger trees can extend up to 7 feet off the ground."

In places where deer are overpopulated, he says, there are problems year-round, but in many areas deer damage peaks in the wintertime.

"Deer will eat almost any plant rather than starve, so damage control measures will be needed in addition to careful plant selection. Use of fencing and repellents can help control deer damage to landscapes," Andersen says.

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